ASTM D7764 - 12

    Standard Practice for Pre-Installation Acceptance Testing of Vibrating Wire Piezometers

    Active Standard ASTM D7764 | Developed by Subcommittee: D18.23

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.09


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 Vibrating wire piezometers are typically not recoverable after installation. Replacement, which involves drilling a new borehole, is expensive and sometimes impossible. Thus it is important to be certain that the sensor is operational before it is installed.

    4.2 Lacking sophisticated testing facilities, field testers must use equipment that is at hand. But in so doing, field testers should not expect to achieve the same accuracy and precision that manufacturers state on the sensor calibration record. Instead, field testers should look for obvious non-conformances, as explained in the procedures.

    4.3 This standard practice is not meant to restrict the use of other appropriate acceptance tests and procedures.

    Note 1Notwithstanding the statements on precision and bias contained in this practice, the precision of this practice is dependent on the competence of the personnel performing it and the suitability of the equipment and facilities used. Agencies that meet the criteria of Practice D3740 are generally considered capable of competent and objective testing. Users of this practice are cautioned that compliance with Practice D3740 does not itself ensure reliable testing. Reliable testing depends on many factors; Practice D3740 provides a means of evaluating some of these factors.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice describes two acceptance tests for a vibrating wire piezometer: a zero test and a down-hole test. The two tests can help a user verify that the piezometer is operating properly before it is installed.

    1.2 This practice offers an organized collection of information or a series of options and does not recommend a specific course of action. This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this practice may be applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this document be applied without consideration of a project's many unique aspects. The word “standard” in the title of this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D3740 Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.020 (Earth works. Excavations. Foundation construction. Underground works)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D7764-12

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